Citing concerns over security measures, the New Taipei City Government yesterday said it is holding on to Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower, 台電) application to build a dry-storage facility to store spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants.
According to a report published yesterday in the Chinese-language Apple Daily, Taipower’s application to set up a dry-storage facility for spent fuel rods from the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Shihmen District (石門) and the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in the city’s Wanli District (萬里) faces further scrutiny.
The city government said that there could be no nuclear power without nuclear safety, the report said, adding that the city government has returned the application’s environmental conservation reports on concerns over security and the facility’s resistance to seismic activity.
Plans for the facility as well as the presence of the power plants themselves have led to safety concerns among residents along the northern coast, New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said.
“The city government understands that there is an urgent need for the facility, but there can be no action as long as the safety of our residents cannot be guaranteed,” Hou said.
New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Chen Shen-hsien (陳伸賢) said the city government is in negotiations with the COA for a larger role in the decisionmaking process, adding that no decision by the central government would be acted upon without the local government’s consent.